Pop star Ronan Keating is backing a cancer awareness roadshow launched to help save lives.
Ronan, who lost his mum Marie to breast cancer, is urging Scots to visit a Cancer Research UK cancer awareness roadshow to benefit from free information on how to reduce the risk of cancer, the importance of early diagnosis and to learn more about how to spot cancer sooner.
The Scottish Roadshow which is staffed by nurses is set to be at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary on November 24 between 10am and 4pm and at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow on November 25 between 10am and noon.
More than half a million people have now visited the roadshow since its launch in 2006. Run in partnership with the Marie Keating Foundation, founded by Ronan Keating and his family in memory of his mum who died in 1998, the roadshow has visited 200 destinations across the UK.
Visitors can have a private conversation with a nurse, take a BMI test to find out whether their weight is within a healthy range, and pick up useful health information. Roadshow staff also provide support to help people make positive changes to their lifestyle and encourage them to go to their GP with any health concerns.
Ronan Keating said “This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cancer awareness roadshow units in the UK.
“It makes this moment even more special to know that we have been able to reach so many people and 500,000 visitors is such an incredible achievement.
“I am so proud to have seen this partnership grow from strength to strength. I want to say a big thank you to everyone in Ireland and the UK that have supported us in making this possible, and I know that my mother would be proud of what we have achieved.”
The Scottish Roadshow was at the 50 Plus Show at the Scottish Expedition Centre, Glasgow on November 11 and 12, where the stand was decked out in balloons to celebrate the UK-wide programme reaching 500,000 visitors – including over 11,000 in Scotland alone this year. The North East, North West and London roadshows also marked the milestone.
Mary Dunlop, Senior Cancer Research UK cancer awareness nurse in Scotland said: “We are very excited to have welcomed over 500,000 visitors to the Cancer Research UK Cancer Awareness Roadshow.
“It allows us to get important information out to people as they go about their busy lives – we are literally on the road to beating cancer.
“We talk to men and women, young and old – about potentially life-saving small steps we can all take to reduce the risk of cancer and why it’s important to seek help if someone has a persistent change to their body.
“We offer visitors the opportunity to have a private conversation with our nurses. We also invite local health workers onto the roadshow to inform people of health services in their area.”
Staff at The Cancer Awareness Roadshow talk to people about:
- Knowing your body – by getting to know your body and what’s normal for you it will be easier to spot any unusual or persistent changes. A change won’t usually turn out to be cancer, but if it is something serious then finding it early could make all the difference.
- Living a healthy life – being smoke free, drinking less alcohol, eating healthily, watching your weight, being active and being SunSmart can all help to lower the risk of cancer.
To find out more about the Roadshow or how to reduce the risk of cancer and detect it early, visit www.cancerawarenessroadshow.org.uk or follow the Scottish Roadshow team on Twitter @CRUKroadshowSCT